The Sydney Language

The Sydney Language

Jakelin Troy


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The Sydney Language was written to revive interest the Aboriginallanguage of the Sydney district. It makes readily available thesmall amount of surviving information from historical records.Author, Professor Jakelin Troy refers to the language as the‘Sydney Language' because there was no name given for thelanguage in these historical records until late in the nineteenthcentury when it was referred to as Dharug.The language is now called by its many clan names, includingGadigal in the Sydney city area and Dharug in Western Sydney.The word for Aboriginal person in this language is ‘yura', this wordbeen used to help identify the language, with the most commonspellings being Iyora and Eora.The Sydney Language is ideal for anyone interested in learningmore about the language and culture of the Aboriginal ownersof what is now called Sydney.


Jakelin Troy:
Professor Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman from the SnowyMountains of New South Wales. Professor Troy is currently theDirector of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at theUniversity of Sydney. Professor Troy's areas of research havefocused on Indigenous languages from around the world. Herexpertise focus on linguistics, Language education, visual artand anthropology.